Friendship Force of Southern Oregon awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to a pair of Southern Oregon University students so they could travel to other countries for educational purposes. 

Senior Ethan Barrus, a student of business administration, studied at HTW Saarbrucken, Germany. The greater global perspective he gained in Germany will be invaluable to his career, which he expects will be both in the U.S. and abroad, he said.

Junior Hannah Stephens, a criminology major, studied human rights and improved her Spanish at AHA Rosario, Argentina, in preparation for a stint with the Peace Corps and a future committed to “making this world a better place,” she said.

Both students spoke about their summer experiences at the Oct. 25 meeting of Friendship Force. The group is affiliated with the international organization Friendship Force International, which encourages people to "Be more than a tourist — Travel for good," has programs in more than 60 countries. Members visit members in other places and host them in their own areas. The southern Oregon group meets monthly in Jacksonville. For more information, go to